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MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC 8GB Graphics Card
Hello everyone, Will here. Today I am bringing you my review of the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC 8GB model graphics card. This graphics card is AMD’s offering that was their top end card for a while but only competed with the nVidia GTX 1060 graphics card. For this article, I bring you a quick review and some benchmarks as well as my thoughts on whether you should purchase this card or not. So, without more delay, let’s get to this.
The AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card was released in April 2017; it was the successor to their popular RX 480 graphics card. AMD did not do much to the card except for boosting the core clocks. The RX 580 only offered slightly better performance than the RX 480 graphics card, but it was over 50% faster than the R9 series cards. In this review, I tested the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC 8GB model and tested eight games. The MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC comes out of the box with 2304 stream processors, a base/boost clock of 1366MHz, a memory clock of 8000MHz, and sports 8GB of GDDR5 video memory. The Armor OC supports a maximum of four total displays via its two DisplayPorts, two HDMI ports, and single DL-DVI-D port. The card is powered by a single 8-pin power connector and draws just 150 watts TDP.
Specifications and Test System
So, those are the specifications of the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC. What exactly did I test for this review? Well, as stated above, I tested eight total games, all triple A titles, at 1080p on the highest in-game settings for each game. All games were given a total of 10 runs and an average was taken for each in both minimum FPS and average FPS. Each game was tested over a span over several days and each run had a 15-minute break between them.
For the test system, I once again used my Intel Core i7-7700K system. The system includes the Intel Core i7-7700K clocked at 4.9GHz cooled by the Corsair H60 all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. The system is built on the MSI Z270 Tomahawk motherboard and sports 16GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2800MHz in dual channel configuration. Now, let’s get to the results.
First up in this benchmark session is the oldie but goldie, Grand Theft Auto V. This game is known more for its use of CPUs more than GPUs, but it is still popular today several years after its release. In my round of testing, GTA V came away with a minimum FPS of 87 and an average frame rate of 105. The next game in testing was Witcher III: Wild Hunt. I did enable nVidia hair works for testing. The game ran okay, running a minimum FPS of 44 FPS and 49 FPS on average. Next, I tested Rise of the Tomb Raider, which pushed 47 FPS minimum and 65 FPS on average. Far Cry Primal came next with a minimum FPS of 54 and an average FPS of 65. Overwatch achieved a minimum of 78 FPS and an average of 96 FPS. Doom pulled a minimum of 161 FPS and an average of 192 FPS. Battlefield 1 was up next and pushed a minimum of 82 FPS and an average of 91 FPS. Finally, rounding out testing was Destiny 2. The game achieved 77 FPS minimum and an average of 100 FPS.
|Game||Minimum FPS||Average FPS|
Witcher III: Wild Hunt (Hairworks Enabled)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Far Cry Primal
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
So, there you have it. The MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC 8GB graphics card performs fairly well in modern triple A games but is nothing to really write home about. An average of the average frame rates across the 8 games tested was 95 FPS, which is good, but for the current price of the card, it is terrible. The card currently is selling on Newegg for over $600 and I purchased this one for $450 shipped to my door. Averaging that out, you get around 1.7 frames per dollar compared to the MSRP average of 3.2 frames per dollar. If I were to put a price on this card, I would price it around $200 to give you nearly four frames per dollar spent. This card is nothing special as it’s very plain, has two fans, is black and white, and has no back plate. Would I recommend this card? Right now, no, I would not. However, if you can pick one up for $200 then, yes, go for it. All in all, I’m okay with this card at the original MSRP of around $240 but I would not pay much more for this card.
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Questions & Answers
Question: Okay so the reports are good for the msi rx 580 armor oc 8gb graphics card, but what setting did you post for each game?
Answer: The games were tested at 1080p on the highest settings allowed within each game's settings options.
Question: What is the length of the MSI RX 580 Armor OC 8GB graphics card?
Answer: 269 x 125 x 38 mm
Question: Was the monitor 4k or 1080p on the graphics card test in this article?
Answer: Yes but set at 1080p in the in-game settings
William Cobb (author) from Columbia, SC on July 13, 2019:
No sag for me or very little if at all
William Cobb (author) from Columbia, SC on August 23, 2018:
Sorry but I have no clue what you mean.